Archive for September, 2006

Purchasing a Subscription at World Vital Records

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

A few weeks ago, we announced that World Vital Records will be offering a special subscription offer. The first 5,000 people who purchase a subscription will receive two years for the price of one! The total cost for the subscription will be $49.95. Since we made that announcement, we have been receiving emails from individuals who are ready to pay for their subscription and take part in the 2 for 1 offer. Many of these individuals have commented that they have not been able to find a place to sign up for the subscription on our site. There is a good reason for that. We haven’t put that link on our site yet. Our subscription launch will be on October 4. The link for individuals to purchase a subscription will be up on our Web site on September 22. We will also have a new look and feel to our site. We’re excited about the enthusiasm and encouragement we have received from individuals who are looking forwarding to taking part in our new subscription offer and in seeing our new site design.

Connecticut Society of Genealogists Sponsors Annual-All-Day Genealogical Seminar

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Attention to those of you who attended the FGS Conference and are ready to attend an all-day genealogical seminar soon!

Attention to those who did not attend the FGS Conference and would like to attend an all-day genealogical seminar soon!

Yes, the Connecticut Society of Genealogists is sponsoring the Annual-All-Day Genealogical Seminar, which will take place on October 21, 2006. Individuals who register before September 30 will only have to pay $40 to attend. Click here to read the rest of the details.

Pictured above: Daniel Lynch

I heard about this conference from Daniel Lynch, one of the speakers for the seminar. We met up with Dan at the FGS conference. Paul Allen, the CEO of World Vital Records, knows Dan and asked that we connect with him and his expertise. We did get the opportunity to talk with him at the conference. He is a great guy who has been involved in genealogy for more than 20 years, and has done consulting work for several genealogy places, including He is definitely among the “Who’s Who in Genealogy” in our book.

World Vital Records Announces Partnership with SmallTownPapers®, Inc.

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

New partnership will make several million names available at World Vital Records

Provo, UT, September 12, 2006 – - World Vital Records is pleased to announce a partnership today with SmallTownPapers, Inc, a newspaper archive company featuring small town newspapers and articles. This relationship will result in World Vital Records and its users having access to a new source for historical information from small towns across the country.

“World Vital Records’ experience and progressive business model make it an ideal distribution partner for SmallTownPapers. Our content is unique and exclusive so we selected a company with the vision and experience to deliver our extensive archive of newspapers from small town America to the widest possible audience,” said Paul Jeffko, president and founder of SmallTownPapers, Inc. “We are excited to be associated with World Vital Records as it develops a new model which will make our content widely available to genealogists and researchers through the company’s free and subscription services.”

SmallTownPapers provides access to more than 300 small market newspapers from across the United States dating back as far as 1865. Newspapers in small towns historically confined their archives to bound volumes tucked away in storage. Locating information from the past often required the time-consuming activity of traveling to the town and physically searching through often fragile, bound newspaper pages. SmallTownPapers provides high quality, completely searchable digital images of the newspapers which appear just as the newspaper was printed.

“SmallTownPapers provides a great service for family historians,” said Paul Allen, CEO, World Vital Records. “They make it possible for individuals to find obituary, birth, and marriage announcements in old newspapers. Such discoveries are exciting and create powerful emotional connections to the past. We are excited to partner with such a dedicated and knowledgeable company and we look forward to a long relationship.”


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About SmallTownPapers®, Inc

SmallTownPapers is an online gateway to newspapers from small town America – past and present. Working with publishers from across the country, the company digitally scans current and archived newspapers and then provides online access. Through the SmallTownPapers website, the newspaper archives can be searched by keyword or phrase and viewed as originally printed. SmallTownPapers, Inc. is based in Seattle, WA. For more information visit

Please Sign the Petition to Keep the Archives Open Longer Hours

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

While we were at the FGS Conference this past week, we were informed about the proposal to reduce the number of hours in which the research rooms at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration are open. Dick Eastman currently has a petition on his Web site that individuals can sign to keep the archives open on evenings and Saturdays. Please sign the petition if you are concerned about this issue. Currently, there are 8134 signatures. All of the petitions must be signed by September 8, 2006. Click here if you would like to hear Dick Eastman talk about this petition. Dick has encouraged individuals to post this information on Web sites, newsletters, and mailing lists to help get the word out. Thanks!

Who’s Who

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

At the FGS Conference, we also had the opportunity to talk with Halvor Moorshead, the president of, which is based in Toronto, Canada. Halvor is a devoted genealogist with 38 years of editorial experience. In addition, we spent some time talking with Tom Kemp, Director of Genealogy Products at NewsBank, Inc. Tom is a great man who has much enthusiasm and energy for genealogy and family history. Furthermore, during one of the genealogy banquets, we had the opportunity to sit with Rory Stanley and his wife Ros. Rory is the chairman of the National Genealogical Society of Ireland, a voluntary non-governmental organization “promoting the study of genealogy, heraldry, vexillology and social history in Ireland and amongst the Irish Diaspora as open access educational leisure pursuits available to all” (as written in Wikipedia). Ireland was well represented at the conference, with many session speakers and vendors. The conference was a great success, and we look forward to being there with you next year.

Who’s Who at the FGS Conference?

Monday, September 4th, 2006

We were at the FGS Conference for several days and found many interesting answers to that question. I have read Dick Eastman’s blog quite a bit, but Friday I actually had the opportunity to meet him. He is a very cordial person who desires to be at the forefront of the latest genealogy news. If you haven’t read his online newsletter, check it out.

Kory Meyerink from stopped by our booth and provided an excellent overview on the historical importance of the location of the FGS conference as well as his thoughts on the exhibition booth. We also had a fun opportunity to talk with Linda, a story teller and illustrator. Not only did she share her thoughts about genealogy, but she also introduced us to several of her latest books, and then sprinkled some fun confetti on our booth. I personally love the hat she is wearing and her fun personality. In the evening we talked with Pierre Cloutin from Progeny. Pierre gave us an extensive review on one of their latest products called Map My Family Tree. This product is really neat.

(This entry contains a podcast and a few vidcasts! Click on the above links to find them.)

Customer Service Counts: A Few Examples from Tom Kemp, Newsbank, Inc.

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

We are here in Boston, amidst nearly 1,800 excited family history/genealogy enthusiasts, and vendors. Today is the third day of the FGS Conference. We have our booth in the exhibition hall among 133 other vendors. While we have been here we have had the opportunity to connect with many wonderful individuals. Yesterday we had a chance to talk with Tom Kemp, Director of Genealogy Products at NewsBank, Inc. Tom has a great love and enthusiasm for family history and customer service. Tom was the director of the Godfrey Memorial Library in Middletown, Connecticut before he began to work at NewsBank, Inc. Tom mentioned that he looked at the individuals who came to the library as clients, rather than recipients of the library services. He cared about these individuals so much that after the library was closed each day, he had all phone calls directed to his phone number so that he could assist individuals and provide them with support when they needed it. He also shared with me an experience in which an email was sent to the Godfrey Memorial Library. The individual who sent it was very upset and expressed some harsh words in the email. Tom read this email, and immediately called the individual to talk with him about his concern. Tom said that this individual was stunned that the director would call him and talk with him to resolve his concern. I think this is a beautiful example of how we should care about our clients and be quick to respond to their needs. Customer service really does count!